Wolf Pack Takes on a Polar Bear – Ep. 1 | Wildlife: The Big Freeze

– You can go days without food, traverse unimaginable distances, endure relentless blizzards. But if you’re a wolf on
the edge of the Arctic, up against the biggest predator, there’s one thing you can’t do without… (dramatic music) The pack. (dramatic music) (wind blowing) At first glance, the Arctic
feels brutally devoid of life, though a select group of animals have figured out a way to thrive. (seal howling) But the real force here
works quietly underfoot. Every winter, sea ice
starts small and delicate. Then it grows over
millions of square miles. How is it possible that this freezer holds the key to our entire planet? Like a lung, sea ice breathes life into the Arctic every year, in a cycle that impacts the
climate across the globe. This is the story from the
edge of the Canadian Arctic where it all starts. (dramatic music) My name’s Bertie Gregory, and I’m a National Geographic wildlife filmmaker. Everything is at stake. We’re all waiting for The Big Freeze. (solemn music) This is gray wolf territory, but right now it’s also a
polar bear migration path, and until the sea freezes over, these two mighty predators will have to share this coastline. We’ve received a tip-off about
a very cool pack of wolves, and reportedly they’ve
been seen harassing, or even hunting polar bears. This has never been filmed before, so we’re buzzing there
now to see if we can try and catch up with them. Wolves here are always on the move. They live in such a harsh environment that they roam up to 1000
square miles in search of prey. Hey, look. We don’t want to spook him. He’s coming right up to us right now. That’s a pretty bold wolf. (laughs) I’ve spent months
looking for wolves before and never seen one. – Yeah, so much to going to
look for them. (laughing) – Wolf. Over the snow drift, just on the right. He’s going for the bear. (dramatic music) Polar bears are the apex
predators of the Arctic. Weighing up to 1500 pounds, no one dares touch them, except the wolves we’re tracking. If they can catch this bear, it would feed the pack for a week. But this bear is not having it. (growling) There’s another one. – [Man] There’s three,
there’s a third one coming. – A big pack of wolves
could take down a polar bear but with only three against one, who is predator and who is prey? (dramatic music) The bear runs the numbers, and goes for it. (growling) (dramatic music) That is not a chase you see every day. Imagine chasing after a polar bear, a massive, really dangerous predator. When is that ever a good thing that you should try and eat? Finding these wolves is
gonna be a real challenge. You know, even though it
was here this morning, this afternoon it could
be 20 miles that way, it could be 20 miles that way. And I guess we just gotta
get really, really lucky. (motor revving) We’re pretty stuck. Got ourselves a pretty good one. Yeah. We haven’t found any wolves, but we have found some
of their favorite food. There’s at least one moose. Isn’t it amazing? Don’t spook, don’t spook, don’t spook. He’s got a massive rack. Oh, he’s coming over, backing up. It’s like a giant horse on steroids. (laughter) (dramatic music) It’s our ninth day searching. Still no wolf pack. They just keep eluding us. (dramatic music) – [Man] I’m gonna go up
the tree and have a look. (dramatic music) – Well, we found the
wolves, and they’re asleep, so we’re trying to sneak
in so they don’t wake up. This has gotta be the most
unstealthy approach ever. We’ve actually got really lucky. We’re downwind of them,
and their sense of smell is about 100 times better than us, so if we were upwind they’d know what we had for breakfast, they’d know the last time we showered, which wasn’t very recently. They’d know everything about us. (howling) (howling) You can hear, they all
howl at different pitches. They’re almost like a wild edition of an a cappella group. And even if you get a new wolf in, the new wolf to the pack will
adjust the pitch in its howl to the rest of the pack to make sure it’s not copying one of them. (howling) There’s a big male,
must be the alpha male. He seems to be calling the shots, and he’s got this big chunk
out the side of his face. He’s running with a bit of a limp. You know, one of the
reasons they live in packs is ’cause if they get injured, the rest of the pack can
still provide for them. Wolf packs are also led
by the alpha female. Together they decide
where and when to hunt. This pair are also the only ones to breed, adding new pups to the pack each year. They’re coming over. In the movies and in the media, we like to demonize these animals. But despite being just a few feet away, I never felt any threat in those eyes, just curiosity. They hung out with us
like this for over an hour until the alpha female called the pack and off they went. (howling) Time to hunt. There used to be two million
wolves in North America, but 400 years of systematic extermination has left us with just 80,000. Wild places depend on these wolves, as they regulate prey populations. We must give them the
chance to bounce back. Each hunt follows a strategy. First they close in. (dramatic music) Ready? (dramatic music) Charge. (dramatic music) The alphas must make a quick decision. Can they take down a
bull moose in his prime? Is this worth exhausting
the entire family? (dramatic music) Not this time. Better find a new target. (howling) (slow tempo music)

100 thoughts on “Wolf Pack Takes on a Polar Bear – Ep. 1 | Wildlife: The Big Freeze

  1. Wolves here are constantly moving and can roam up to 1000 square miles in search of prey. What intrigues you the most about these creatures?

  2. great videos..! hey seriously, what is to prevent those wolves from eating you guys? I was scared FOR you…., obviously you must be armed or have someone armed looking after you…right?

  3. I came here to see wolves take on a bear. Where's my fight.

    It's like paying to see a heavyweight boxing match only to have one of the fighters bail out at the last minute.

    Great video and I absolutely love the host Bertie Gregory. I'd love to see more of him. Smiles with wolves – that can be his Indian name.

  4. Dangerous business! While wolves are generally more cautious and easily scared, the bears are not that easy to scare off. Once a bear shows real interest it is very hard to scare if off. And they are much tougher to take down, compared to wolves, and are incredibly dangerous when in injured or in a frenzy state.

  5. Bertie gregory make national geography more fan the way he film and act its just amazing handsome and funny and talented.

  6. If those wolves were really hungry, why did they not attack the TV crew who were just a few feet from the whole pack?

  7. Wolf pack takes on a polar bear …….what a false advertising
    Wasteage of time nothing productive in this video

  8. It Makes me SICK" that these wolf hunters will go out and BAG or 7 Wolf's, an ITS LIKE A GIGANTIC ATROPHY"
    Its a Scientific proven fact, we need Wolf's, It's part of GOD PERFECT Balance of Nature"

  9. I hope polar bears and artic wolves and seals and so on will never be extinct and I hope the ice will not be impacted by climate change.

  10. Look at that polar bear wake slowly like oh, here comes these ridiculous wolves again. When I was nearly asleep too.

  11. It is amazing that the wolves can just sleep in the snow, and I love that there is an alpha wolf female and a male alpha that run the pack. I always tell my boyfriend you have to be a male rugarou to keep up with the female loup garou,. I know why people believe in the rugarou because the black wolf has a gothic look to it when it howls. I just say I believe in a wolf spirit, not the monster.

  12. Thumbs down. Stupid and reported for misleading spam. The wolves do not attack a bear because they stand the chance of being killed or injured and this negates the entire logic of survival. A pack of starving wolves may have no options because no other food exists; they would send their weakest wolves and least on the hierarchy to do the attack in this case.

  13. demonizing wolves is as stupid as idealizing them. they are predators. they will eat you or your life stock. it's good that they are not roaming our cities. they have their own realm.

  14. these guy ls deserve more pay than they deserve. months and months plus years and years of filming just for a 10 minute show

  15. The wolf crying at the end with the polar in the background, she's like " we tried fam but we failed miserably awooo "

  16. I used to read National Geographic Magazine back in college and the pictures seems so alive. Now I see why those pictures appeared to be like that since you really go up close. I pray you well as you keep on educating the people especially the young ones about our beautiful planet. ❤️

  17. Thanks to who ever was behind the introduction of wolves into Yellowstone….You garbage minded fools, they have destroyed the wildlife across 13 states and for what??? You stupid idiots of the 3rd kind.

  18. That bear would've demolished most of the pack 🌜💖
    But this bear is not having it 😂
    I really love this content ❤️
    Keep it up y'all I learn so much 🌧️💖

  19. This is really good to know about this documentary but this is not closes enough for people to realized about wild life

  20. The bartender asks "what'll it be?"

    The bear says "I'll have a gin……and tonic." 

    the bartender says "ok, but why the big pause?"

    The bear looks down and says "I don't know, I've always had them."

  21. I love wolves, but it’s suicidal attacking a polar bear unless you got lots of friends or lots of ammo. Preferably both if you’re a human.

  22. Mom calls at 8:32 it's time for dinner and everyone shows up. Human's mom be yelling for 10 minutes and then a threat until someone shoes up at the table. Nature's still a better teacher!

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